Devin Townsend is currently working on new music for a kids show in the UK. The frontman revealed the news in the below tweet. In other news, Townsend has also launched the 12th episode of his “Devin Townsend Podcast.” The latest episode focuses on “Addicted” and it can be found HERE.
Yesterday (December 23), Devin Townsend played a virtual holiday show. You can check out that set below. Townsend commented:
“Heres a rough upload, I will mix it better when we release it all in a box set next year… I hope you have a happy holiday =) Dev”
During a recent interview with Guitar Interactive, Devin Townsend discussed his upcoming album “The Puzzle.” According to the frontman, the effort is “abstract, stream-of-conscious, super-complicated, complex, ambient nonsense.”
Townsend said the following:
“By being as honest with yourself as possible, what’s gonna come out of you is gonna be a reflection of your current reality. The current reality we’ve had this year is a fucking gong show. It’s abstract, unpredictable, fearful, chaotic nonsense. And so that’s what I made.”
“‘The Puzzle’ is abstract, stream-of-conscious, super-complicated, complex, ambient nonsense. And it has a movie and a graphic novel. If it was anything other than abstract, chaotic nonsense, I think I would have been full of shit. If I came out of this being, like, ‘Hey, man, here’s a bunch of songs. This is about everybody needs to get together,’ and all this sort of stuff, I’d be, like, ‘Well, you’re not paying attention then.’ Because how I feel is abstract and chaotic and fighting for emotional equilibrium. And so that’s what I wrote. And as a result of that, it’s exactly what I should have written… It’s a narrative about what I perceived as the human condition, but through my own filter… And there’s an animator and a graphic artist and this crazy four-dimensional type of artwork that I’ve been working on. And it’s beautiful and so strange, but that’s what this year was, man.”
He also revealed that the record will be released alongside an hour-long film that he is trying to get on Netflix:
“I took these abstract pieces of art that Travis Smith had done, and I put a filter on them in Premiere [software] that basically fills in all the negative space with colors and shapes. And we do massive zooms on parts of it, and that becomes a landscape, and then we make it three-dimensional. And we take these pieces of art and turn them into environments, and then we animate them with stick people, and those stick people are meant to represent really basic, mundane human activities amidst these imposing, terrifying landscapes. And then the music becomes the soundtrack to that.”
Townsend went on to say the album will be released through his own label in 2021:
“InsideOut, or Sony, or whoever is responsible for it at this point, they said, ‘We don’t want you to release a record until 2022. So we want you to spend this year writing it.’ And I have been. I’ve written a ton of songs. It’s right yet. But I’ve been writing songs — good songs, actually, with screams and heavy riffs and whatever. But it’s not where I’m at.
Because I’m not supposed to start recording [the next album for InsideOut] until August [of 2021], ‘The Puzzle’ was sort of like a sideline. So it’s not necessarily like the next record, but it is. So I called up Sony. I said, ‘Listen, I’m gonna send you ‘The Puzzle’, and I think you’ll figure out pretty quick that you’re not gonna wanna spend a load of money trying to promote this, because it’s gonna have a limited throw. But I have to do it. So can I do it on my own?’ And they said yes.”
Devin Townsend has shared a demo version of his new song “Equinox” as part of his “Quarantine Project.” The track, which features Morgan Ågren, Nathan Navarro, Che Dorval, and Diego Tejeida, can be streamed below. Townsend commented:
“I wrote this one a few months ago, its a work in progress and this is a demo. I may use it for an album at some point, but Its cathartic, this one… Hang in there folks…no shame in feeling what we feel.”
Devin Townsend has released a cover of the Christmas classic “Silent Night.” You can check that out below:
“I know it’s early, but I guess the plan is to record songs over the next month so I just kind of started. I dunno…been a year 🙂
Such a tired old song… tried to make it nice. There have been people in my immediate family asking me to do Christmas songs for years, and I just haven’t had the energy… but its a rough year, so here you go. =)
If Youtube isn’t sufficient, I’ve put it up on Bandcamp for a dollar if you’d like.
Hope you guys are doing ok, hang on through the season, it can be rough on some of us I know. take care of yourself.
On another note, the frontman has also further commented on his “A Very Devy Christmas” acoustic performance. That set will stream live on December 23 and tickets can be found HERE. Townsend said the following:
“Hey all, as this year grinds to a chaotic close, I think it would be nice to do a more chilled out show for the holidays. If any of you caught the acoustic tours I had been doing over the past few years, I would like to do something like that for this stream… it has been five Quarantine concerts so far this year, and I’m wanting to bring this one back to the vibe of the first few.
I know it’s a trying time lately and it’s easy to let the thoughts get away from us, but let’s try to have a lovely afternoon and Ill play you some songs 😊
Half of the proceeds will go to the food bank, as they need it now more than ever in many ways. I hope to see you there 😊”
Devin Townsend has shared a new quarantine track called “Precious Sardine.“ The song, which features drummer Morgan Ågren and backing vocalists Aman Khosla and Tanya Ghosh, can be found below. In other news, Townsend is also planning to play a Christmas livestream concert on December 23.
[via The PRP]
Devin Townsend has shared some more info on his upcoming album “The Puzzle.” That effort is tentatively set to be released in the spring and Townsend tweeted the following about it:
[via The PRP]
Devin Townsend recently offered an update on his new album “The Puzzle.” The musician tweeted the following about the effort, which he is hoping to release in the spring:
[via The PRP]
Devin Townsend has shared a new live video for his song “Why?.” The footage is taken from his new live album/Blu-ray, “Order Of Magnitude – Empath Live Volume 1,” which will be released on October 23. That set was filmed at the Roundhouse in London, England on December 12, 2019 and it featured the following artists: Ché Aimee Dorval (Casualties Of Cool), Morgan Ågren (Kaipa), Mike Keneally (Dethklok), Markus Reuter (Stick Men), Nathan Navarro, Diego Tejeida (Haken), Samantha Preis, Anne Preis, and Arabella Packford.
“So once upon a time, in a land not much different than the one we’re living in now, there used to be things called ‘concerts’ where a bunch of human beings would assemble to watch awkward performances and get shitfaced on overpriced beer. Tour managers would solve problems while simultaneously hitting on women, and musicians would complain about not being home (until getting home, where they would then complain about not being on tour).
During one of these ‘tours’, I myself assembled 10 brilliant people, confident enough to play challenging material, while simultaneously acting like goofs with me onstage. This is from the upcoming ‘Order Of Magnitude‘ DVD, and the song is called ‘Why‘. Kudos to Diego for being able to pull off a full symphony with only 4 limbs, and the rest of the band for not batting an eye when I presented the ideas I had for this show.
Che, Samantha, Anne and Arabella came to me and said ‘look, if we have to wear this stuff, you have to as well…’ so my Tutu was a show of solidarity with band members, but as the saying goes ‘I’ve seen better legs hanging out of a nest’
I look forward to a time where we get to do this again, but if that’s not meant to be, I loved this, so thanks to everyone involved.”
Devin Townsend has shared the 11th episode of his “Devin Townsend Podcast.” This one finds the frontman discussing The Devin Townsend Project’s “Ki.”